Jen Dodds: Why I’m marching for Access to Work (and you should too!)

Posted on July 22, 2015

As I’m sure you know, there have been a lot of cuts recently, with the cuts and caps to Access to Work (AtW) funding affecting deaf people in particular.

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AtW, in theory, should mean that deaf and disabled people have equal access to work as hearing, non-disabled people.

In real life, this is not so: The cuts, the caps, the chaos and confusion have really messed things up. I have yet to meet a deaf person who is fully satisfied that they get equal access to work… and I know a lot of deaf people!

The Stop Changes to Access to Work group have been doing some great campaigning to try and sort this mess out. They’ve had some victories, but the main mess remains, so they’ve decided that it’s time to organise a march, which will be in central London on 26th September.

I like to see things getting done, and I helped to organise the BSL marches, so I’m helping Stop Changes organise this one too.

I believe it’s worth a try, and I hope you’ll join us. It’s time to be assertive and show the government that enough is enough!

(Some say it’s not worth marching because it doesn’t change anything – well, I’d argue that staying at home doing nothing definitely doesn’t change anything…)

Finally, a deaf friend of mine told me she’ll be travelling down to London from Leeds for the march on 26th September. “It’s my responsibility,” she told me. “I get Access to Work funding and I want to march to show that I take responsibility.”

She’s right, you know. We all need to take responsibility, including me.

We need to BE the change that we want to see in this world.

See you there!

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Jen Dodds is a Contributing Editor for The Limping Chicken. When she’s not looking after chickens or children, Jen can be found translating, proofreading and editing stuff over at Team HaDo Ltd ( On Twitter, Jen is @deafpower.

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